Today we take a look at Con Magee’s, Glenravel ‘Best 15’ footballers through the eyes of former player and chairman, Gerard Higgins. Gerard was a member of the Glenravel side who won the Antrim SFC in 1966 and quite a number of his selection comes from the side who brought glory to the club on that memorable day more than 50 years ago.
Not everyone will agree with his selection. It’s only one man’s opinion.
It’s just a bit of fun!
Gerard Higgins ‘Best 15’ footballers
Firstly I have to say that I picked the team from boys I had played with. This might not be the best Glenravel team ever but it is my selection.
1 (goalkeeper) BRENDAN REID Brendan was good under the high ball, had a good kick out and was a good all round goalie.
2 RAYMOND SCULLION a skilful player and a good reader of the game, played in quite a few positions for the Club.
3 ANTHONY MCAULEY ‘Russell’ was like all fullbacks in those days, strong in the air and get the ball as far up the pitch as possible. Very few got the better of him.
4 PAUL MCALISTER Paul had the sign of a good player, plenty of time on the ball, very consistent and rarely had a bad game.
5 TERRY MCNEILL Terry was a very reliable player who seldom made a mistake and scored the odd point.
6 COLM O’LOAN Colm was a big strong man with great hands and a good man to have beside you to sort out any problems. Captain of the Senior Championship winning team in 1966.
7 ALEC MCQUILLAN Alec was one of the best Glenravel players with skill, pace and a great attitude. Was top scorer over the years, played for Antrim and Ulster and is still heavily involved in the Club.
8 ALASTAIR SCULLION Another very skilful player, could kick with both feet and had loads of pace. Captained Antrim in 1964 to win the Ulster Minor Final.
9 HARRY MAGILL A big tall player who was outstanding in the County Final against Sarsfields. Harry won a MacRory and Hogan Cup Medal with St Colm’s Derry.
10 KIERAN McMULLAN- Kieran was a very good player, tough and hard. Was injured for the county final but came on and made a huge difference to the difference.
11 LIAM FORDE Liam was a very talented player for Glenravel and Antrim. A great free taker and when Liam was in form he was unmarkable.
12 LIAM MCQUILLAN Liam was a very good team player and also gave 100%. Won Player of the Tournament at the Castlewellan Sevens when Tuam Stars from Galway beat Glenravel in the final.
13 ALASTAIR FYFE Alastair had the toughness needed for a class forward and was one of Glenravel’s main scorers over the years.
14 LIAM MCNEILL Probably the best full forward Glenravel ever had. Tough, hard and direct. Scored a vital goal in the county final.
15 BRENDAN BIRT When Brendan was in form he was hard to mark. Very direct, could play in any forward position but full forward was his best.
HENRY FYFE Teak tuff defender Henry loved to attack. Marked James McCartan out of the game in the Ulster Under 21 Final wen Antrim beat Down.
ARTHUR MULHOLLAND Arthur played in nearly every position from Goalkeeper to Corner Forward and never had a bad game. Won County Medals in Derry and Antrim.
JAMES MCQUILLAN James had a wee streak of badness, needed to play in the full back line. Was nearly as good as his Father who also played full back.
SEAMUS HUGHES For years Seamus played midfield and was always first name on the team sheet. Outplayed Peter McGinnety when Glenravel played St Johns.
DESSIE BIRT Was a fine and skilful midfielder for years. Liked to go forward and take a score.
JOHN MCQUILLAN Wee John as he was known was one of Glenravel’s best forwards. Very direct, probably fitter now that when he played.